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By Sarah Lord On on Tuesday Jul 12 2022

Zaynab Mohammed joins a long list of amazing people and writers to claim the Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers.

Writers like Donna Macdonald and Alanda Greene in 2016; Diana Morita Cole in 2017; Morty Mint and Ernest Hekkanen in 2018 writer, poet Rayya Liebich in 2019 and author Danielle LaRocque om 2020 and last year Sarah Beauchamp.

The Carver Award recognizes an...

By Sarah Lord On on Tuesday Jul 12 2022

Zaynab Mohammed accepted the 2022 Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers at June’s Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.

The Carver Award recognizes an emerging writer who has published literary work in any genre.

The Nelson District Arts Council is proud to honour Carver’s contributions to the Kootenay arts scene with the support of the Carver Family.


By CBT On on Tuesday Jul 12 2022

The 14th annual Columbia Basin Culture Tour combines a road trip with uniquely curated cultural experiences for a weekend of fun! 84 venues are participating in the 2022 edition across four regions in the Basin.

By following the tour map, you will visit artists’ studios, museums, art galleries and heritage sites. With exhibitions, artwork displays, creative process demonstrations and...

By Sarah Lord On on Wednesday Jul 06 2022

Tracy Bennet’s life revolves around pickleball.

A transplant from Kimberley less than a year ago, Bennet loves her new life in Nelson mainly due to her connection to the local pickleball community.

Bennet was a professional tennis player and coach, so playing and instructing others in pickleball came naturally to her.

“I’m a former tennis pro and was an extremely high-...

By Sarah Lord On on Saturday Jul 02 2022

The Nelson and District Arts Council (NDAC) partnered with the private building owner at Pharmasave Nelson to bring the work of acclaimed Sinixt artist Ric Gendron into the community.

The new mural was recently completed on the Hall Street side of the building.

Gendron is a “paint slinger” who creates expressive artworks that blend traditional Indigenous imagery with bold colours...

By Sarah Lord On on Saturday Jul 02 2022

Ric Gendron is honoured to do this work on the traditional territory of the Sinixt people.

“I know and understand how important this land is to our people, to the Sinixt people. This is our territorial home. This is where we come from. In that sense, it’s wonderful that I can be up here and do this work.”

While initially delayed due to the pandemic, the project...

By Contributor On on Monday Jun 27 2022

The Nelson and District Arts Council and Elephant Mountain Literary Festival are thrilled to announce this year’s recipient of the Richard Carver Award for emerging writers.

Writer Zaynab Mohammed has been chosen by an arms-length jury to receive the award this year.

Mohammed’s multiple letters of nomination highlighted the quality of her work, community involvement and support...

By Contributor On on Monday Jun 20 2022

The Nelson & District Arts Council (NDAC) is very excited to be bringing ArtWalk back to the streets of Nelson and apparently so were the artists.

Applications were rolling in and this year ArtWalk is bigger than ever with 27 venues all throughout town and down to the waterfront and over 60 artists showing their work, sometimes for the first time in public.

The pandemic may...

By Contributor On on Monday Jun 13 2022

After two quiet years and minimal celebrations Kootenay PRIDE is gearing up for the 27th Annual weekend festivities.

During the past two years Baker Street has been subdued on Labour Day weekend, but that is all about to end this year.

The PRIDE Parade is coming back.

The Parade has been such a celebratory event for the queer community as well as their allies and this year...

By Sarah Lord On on Monday Jun 13 2022

Like many, the pandemic affected Jeremy Grant’s career, and he spent much time at home with his three kids.

"I did a year, almost two of stay-at-home dad, homeschooling," says Grant. "The pandemic was so particularly slow that filmmaking in general, especially adventure travel filmmaking, was the furthest thing from an essential service. The whole industry slowed...